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DesJarlais signs bill to stop congressional pay if federal budget is not passed

Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm

On Tuesday, Congressman Scott DesJarlais — who represents Moore County in the U.S. House of Representatives — joined with Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN-05) to sign a bill that would deny congressional pay if Congress fails to pass its budget appropriations bill on time.

Today marks day 1,000 since the Senate passed a budget. That’s almost three years.

The No Budget, No Pay Act would prohibit members from receiving pay after missing deadlines for budget and appropriations bills, and it would not allow for that pay to be recouped once a budget is passed.

“Any family or business owner in my district will tell you that the first step to financial success is creating a budget – the same holds true to running the federal government. It is simply impossible to get our nation’s unsustainable spending under control without a long-term plan in place,” said Representative DesJarlais in a press release. “Threatening to stop paying Congress is the surest way to make sure we beat the annual Oct. 1 deadline. Congress must get its work done, or get no paycheck.”

To read the bill, click here.